Tag: Resistance

A Real Threat to Democracy


I feel as if I’ve just been kicked in the gut by a good friend. He was, for many years, the epitome of intelligence and reason, with a lively sense of humor. We’ve been estranged for a while, mainly because of his political positions. After hearing one too many of his podcasts a few years ago, I pretty much avoided him. After reading one of his latest pieces on the Bari Weiss blog, I’ve decided we’re done. I’m talking about Jonah Goldberg.

This is not really a post about Jonah Goldberg. It’s about my bewilderment about the defaming of Republicans and Conservatives by using the broad-brush of assuming that we are all Donald Trump fanatics, who continually fawn over him and apologize for him. I think this viewpoint about who we are, who I am, is deeply flawed, and I can’t figure out why it persists.

Goldberg and others seem to refuse to accept that a huge number of those who voted for Trump—not even necessarily people whom I would call “Trump supporters”—were desperate to dislodge the DC Swamp. We didn’t really like Donald Trump, but it was clear that he was fearless and prepared to take on just about anyone. Many of us became convinced, particularly after the attacks on Trump after he was elected, that the Washington establishment was determined to protect every ounce of abusive power that they had. And I don’t think there was another Republican who had the guts to do that. That he was rude and crude and held disdain for proper etiquette was not relevant.

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I read this story in Crisis Magazine called “Anyplace But Home for the Holidays”, by John M. Grondelski.   I was deeply moved on so many levels. Here, in a nutshell, is described where we are as a society, that has gone from real to virtual.  To many, it’s a major inconvenience and “I’m just not […]

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For nearly half a decade we have been told that the walls are closing in on the President of the United States. If it wasn’t Stormy Daniels it would be Russian Collusion; if not Russian Collusion then it would be the 25th Amendment; if not the 25th Amendment then the Emoluments Clause; if not the […]

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I have seen so many of what once were well behaved people sinking into a petty behavior model on the left over the past 4 years when plain nasty became acceptable. Maybe this is premature, but just wondering. If he gets in, we know Biden won’t endure fake dossier investigations and absurd impeachment attempts since […]

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There Is a Principle at Stake Here


A lot of folks joined the self-styled “resistance” following President Trump’s election, either because they believed his election was illegitimate (and probably still do, though lengthy investigations pretty well confirm that they’re mistaken), or because they can’t stand losing and so do it badly.

It turns out there really wasn’t anything to resist, per se, following the 2016 election. Far from creating a fascist dictatorship, the administration set about dismantling authoritarian government programs (we call it “deregulating”) and appointing judges who would favor Constitutional values (we call them “civil rights”) over government diktats.

Quote of the Day: Three Cheers for Misfortune


“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent—no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” – Seneca

It’s a cliche to point out that “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans” is a cliche. But it’s a well-worn phrase for a reason. Anyone who’s gone through life getting everything they ever wanted has no idea what they’re missing out on that may have been infinitely better. And frankly, the things I appreciated most came after a great struggle. The things that came easy felt like a gift, but not an achievement.

Basia and the Squirrel: Scruton’s Tale of Eros Transubstantiated


“The apostolic church is a church of the heart. When you steal from it you steal the heart. Hence the theft is easy, and amends are long and hard.” A strange way to sum up a story of erotic love. Nonetheless, it was Scruton’s way, as he described, in the second half of his essay, Stealing from Churches, the thwarted love affair that taught him a “narrative of transubstantiation” transmuting body into soul. In truth, the love affair wasn’t thwarted at all, but one that fulfilled its purpose, a purpose his stubborn young beloved, Basia (pronounced “Basha”), saw more clearly than he did.

Scruton had organized a subversive summer school for the Catholic University in Poland, bringing together Polish and English philosophy students to resist communism. Under the codename “Squirrel” (in Polish “Wiewiorka”, for his red hair) and tailed by at least one jug-eared agent, Scruton had stumbled into more James-Bond mystique than most ginger-haired philosophy dons could hope for. It would be almost cliche, then, for an exotic young thing to throw herself at him. Wry-smiling, stunning Basia was no cliche, though. Or rather, if she were, it would be the cliche in a kind of story too little told these days to count as cliche anymore.

Basia, at 26, the oldest, most academically-advanced of the bright young things attending Scruton’s summer lectures and their unofficial leader, was an uppity young woman with a checkered past. She wasted little time with Scruton: after his second day in Kazimierz, she waylaid him in the woods to announce she noticed no ring on his finger. Such a frank admission of desire seems likely to end in embarrassment all round whether the desire is reciprocated or not, and perhaps it would have if it weren’t accompanied by her equally frank admission that consummating desire was not her aim:

This Week’s Book Review – Code Name: Lise


I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.

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“Code Name: Lise” reads like a thriller and a romance, yet is solid history


Apr 9, 2019

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for March 25, 2019 it is the Mulling Mueller edition of the show with your mellow mulling hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This is (you counting?) episode number 217!

This week it is all Mueller all the time. The report is out. Barr and Rosenstein have chimed out the results. No collusion! No obstruction! Complete exoneration!